England’s stellar form in major tournaments
under Gareth Southgate continued as the Three Lions cruised into the
quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 3-0 win over Senegal at the Al
Bayt Stadium. First-half goals from Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane gave
England the early ascendency before Bukayo Saka put the game to bed in the
second period to help the team advance into the quarter-finals.
This result sets up a potential classic in
the next round as England take on France, who beat Poland 3-1 in their last 16
clash, in their first-ever meeting in the knockout stages of a major
Gareth Southgate made one change to the
England XI from their comfortable 3-0 victory over Wales in their final group
game, with Bukayo Saka replacing Marcus Rashford on the right wing. It was a
sluggish start to the game from the Three Lions as they were agitated by the
Senegal press, and the African nation also had a golden chance to open the
scoring after Harry Maguire was caught in possession in the 20th minute.
Jordan Pickford was forced to make an
important intervention as the ball fell kindly to Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr
in the penalty area. The Everton shot-stopper made another crucial save in the
first half-hour against Boulaye Dia after Bukayo Saka turned the ball over in
England finally burst into life towards the
end of the half and found an opening thanks to some excellent work from Jude
Bellingham. Receiving the ball from Harry Kane, Bellingham drove into the
Senegal penalty area before slotting in Jordan Henderson, whose side-footed
finish found the back of the net to put the Three Lions 1-0 in front.
Seven minutes later, England doubled their
lead after a devastating counter-attack on the stroke of half-time. The
Borussia Dortmund youngster was at the heart of the move once again as he
strode forward with the ball before picking out Phil Foden, who set up Harry
Kane to make it 2-0 to the Three Lions with the final kick of the half.
Senegal manager Aliou Cisse made three
changes at half-time with one final throw of the dice, but England controlled
the second half brilliantly to see off any threat. Bukayo Saka added a third
after another Foden assist in the 57th minute to put the game to bed, allowing
Gareth Southgate to rest his key players in the final half-hour ahead of a
mouth-watering clash against France in the quarter-finals.